The use of plastics has come under great scrutiny in recent years, none more so than those utilised for single use packaging applications. As a result, major brands have responded to consumers’ demands for circularity by setting ambitious targets on minimising the use of plastic materials and increasing the recycled content within their packaging. These have been reflected at the government policy level with the launch of UK Plastics Packaging Tax.
In order for these targets to be achieved, there is a need to develop advanced recycling technologies, which would sit alongside traditional mechanical recycling, enabling the recycling of more challenging materials and formats. With the help of UKRI and the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, two of such developments are taking place here on Teesside at Wilton. These are:
- Poseidon Plastics who aim to build a 10,000 tonne per annum facility to demonstrate their novel recycling technology for converting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into monomers which can be polymerised back to virgin grade PET.
- ReNew ELP who seeks to build a 20,000 tonne per annum facility to convert end of life plastics into chemicals and oils for production of new virgin polymers utilising the catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat-HTR™).
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Dr Dmytro Stratiychuk-Dear, DuPont Teijin Films
Dmytro is a Chartered Chemical Engineer who has been with DuPont Teijin Films for over seven years. In his current role of market development specialist, he leads the company’s sustainability team and is focused on coordinating projects, and finding new collaboration opportunities in this area. Prior to this, Dmytro held a technical position in the process group focusing on the area of polymer extrusion. After graduating from University of Bath, Dmytro went on to complete an engineering doctorate in formulation engineering at the University of Birmingham.
Nick Curry, Poseidon Plastics
Nick is Poseidon Plastics’ head of research. He has been with the company since its inception and is responsible for developing the technology and supporting the commercial scale-up. He studied a PhD in material science at the University of Manchester, and MSc polymer chemistry at the University of Sheffield.
Steve Garbutt, ReNew ELP
Following a 22 year career across multiple industries, Steve now leads internal engineering and development at ReNew ELP’s first commercial-scale recycling plant in Wilton, Teesside. A Chartered Engineer, Steve’s management experience covers engineering, commissioning and project management.
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